Seoul: North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month,many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows,a South Korean newspaper reported Monday. The conservative JoongAng Ilbo cited a single,unidentified source. The source,said to be familiar with the Norths internal affairs and recently returned from the country,said the executions were carried out in seven cities on November 3. In the eastern port of Wonsan,the authorities gathered 10,000 people in a sports stadium to watch the execution of eight people by firing squad,the source quoted one eyewitness as saying.
Most were charged with watching illicit South Korean TV dramas,and some with prostitution. Seoul-based news website,Daily NK,said it had no information. (PTI)
Tear gas fired as Bangladesh garment workers strike against wages
Dhaka: Thousands of angry Bangladeshi garment workers downed tools and took to the streets Monday to demand higher wages,forcing 100 factories to close,police said. Police said several hundred of the workers tried to attack factories and vehicles during the protests in the garment hub of Ashulia on the outskirts of Dhaka,forcing officers to fire tear gas in response. The workers are demanding a steeper wage hike to $100 per month than the rise to $67 approved last week by the Minimum Wage Board after rounds of meetings with industry,unions and government representatives. There were an estimated 30,000 workers who came out of their factories and took to the streets, industrial police inspector Abdus Sattar said.
British-educated woman new spokesperson for Hamas
GAZA: The Islamist Hamas group,long shunned by the West and increasingly isolated in the Middle East,has appointed its first spokeswoman,a 23-year-old who used to live in Britain and speaks with a Yorkshire accent. Isra Al-Modallals job is to convey the views of the Hamas government that controls Gaza to the foreign media. She is not a member of the Islamist group. She wears a traditional headscarf along with a touch of makeup,listens to non-Islamic music and will on occasion shake hands with members of the opposite sex,behaviour usually frowned on by Hamas. Modallal,who was born in Egypt but has Palestinian nationality and lives in Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza,took up her post earlier this month.